troubleshooting Question

Printing web pages - maximum width - portrait size - using css - shrink to fit

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I'm not even sure how to explain my problem .  I'm spinning in circles trying to get our newly redesigned web pages to print in portrait mode and look ok in handhelds and print in portrait via Adobe web capture.  

So here are a couple questions - maybe someone knows how to help me.

1.  I've heard that web browsers are only designed to print pages in portrait mode if they are 800 pixels wide or less.  Is this true?    If so, I guess I need to redesign the entire site to have only 800 pixel wide tables.

2.  When I do a print preview in Internet Explorer 7.0 - there is a drop down tab which says "shrink to fit".  Is there a way to automatically have a browser use this setting using css?

3.  Does Adobe Acrobat use the print media as defined here?
http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-CSS2/media.html

4.  Is there a definitive reference source for the right way to code a web site so it will print in portrait mode on 81/2 x 11 inch paper?  Or even a book or tutorial or reference about how to code a web site that works to print in portrait and look ok on a handheld and print in portrait using Adobe Web Page Capture.

I've sent the last 2 days trying to force a 900 pixel wide site to print WITHOUT flipping to landscape mode.  

I'm trying to do this using @media css - but I can't find a tutorial that really explains how to do this.  

Sorry this is such a screwy question.  Hope someone has some suggestions.

April



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